A Lilou in Downtown Mobile

Over the last 2 weeks, I slowly traced and cut the fabric for 3 different dresses that I had on my ‘to make’ list.  I really hate tracing patterns & cutting fabric out so I decided to get this done all at once so that I could just get on with the construction of the dresses when I was ready.

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Christmas Jumpers & a Day Trip to Dauphin Island

Both sets of parents and my brother came to visit for Christmas.  It was busy but nice to see them.  Even though we Skype them almost every week, it’s much better to see them in person and give them a good old hug.  It was our first time cooking for them all and it actually went pretty well.  I only burnt the pigs in blankets!  All the men donned Christmas jumpers and Sam had an extra special hat.

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I love this photo… no-one is looking!

Oooooh Postcards!

I think I am the only person that I know of who gets excited over postcards!  Yes, that’s right, real excitement!  I love them <3  I wrote about Postcrossing and Swap-bot a few months ago.  I have now started my own little postcard collection.  I select some to keep and have also got ones that I send out.  I recently got a few sets bought for me to send, but I honestly don’t think that I can send them to other people….is that sad?! Rhetorical question…please don’t answer!

Until I started looking, I never really realised that you could buy books of postcards or collections.  I always thought that they only came individually. :-/  My first postcard book came from Amazon as a ‘nearly new’ book, and it has Westies in it!  Who wouldn’t love a postcard with a Westie on!

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Adventures at Baldwin County Fair

Last weekend we visited Baldwin County Fair. Just across the bay in the neighbour County. It reminded me of being at home. Most years we would visit Hope or Bakewell Show in Derbyshire. Farmers would show their prize animals and vegetables. There would be a range of stalls selling handmade lovelies and food. We would wear our wellies and take an umbrella incase of unpredictable showers.

As we entered the Baldwin Country Fair, tractors were lined up with competition rosettes. Men in cowboy boots and hats stood around beaming with pride.

John Deere tractors

Downtown Relaxing & Orange Beach

Ooops, my normal Monday ‘weekend catch up’ post didn’t happen yesterday!

I had been quite excited last week due to finding a craft fair in Mobile on Saturday.  I even got dressed before I had my breakfast, which is very unusual for me!  Anyway, the fair was easy to find and as soon as we stepped out of the car, we could smell the hot dogs cooking…it wasn’t dinner time yet but they were very tempting 🙁  It was a nice little craft fair with many tents holding a variety of handmade luxuries.  Honey, jewellery, carved signs and much more.  We didn’t buy anything but admired a lot.  It is hard to buy anything ‘homey’ as we have always got “How would we get it back to the UK?” running through our minds.

 

craft fair football cushions

Dauphin Island Daytrip

Saturday meant a day trip with our cooler full of ice and drinks.  We had decided to try another beach out, to the south of us, on Dauphin Island.  Not to be confused with Dolphin, which I keep saying by accident!  Dauphin Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles from Mobile Bay.  Again, we are very lucky to have this luxury on our doorstep!

The main road ran from East to West…or West to East, depending on which way you were travelling!  The majority of houses were built on stilts to factor in any flooding in stormy weather.  The widest part of the island was 1.75 miles wide, so everything could be damaged should the sea come in far enough.  Scary thought eh!  We drove past Fort Gaines and noted it down for a visit when are parents are across from the UK at Christmas.  Cars were lined up waiting to board the ferry across the bay to Orange Beach.

We drove to the farthest point west, parked up and headed to the beach.  Once Labor Day passes, we’ve been told that the beaches don’t really get busy.  A few families were scattered along the coast, all far enough apart to have a private area.  Unfortunately for us, there were hundreds of sandflies flying around and within seconds we were covered.  I ran back to the car and proceeded to spend the next 10 minutes picking them out of my hair :-0